‘Enhancement In Retirement Age Threat To Our Future’

KL Report

SRINAGAR

As state government last week rejected employees’ demand of enhancing the retirement age and put the ball in Legislature’s court to decide upon the issue, the educated unemployed youth of Valley have expressed satisfaction over government decision and hope the legislature will uphold the government decision.

The educated unemployed youth across Valley opine that government employees by demanding increase in retirement age is adding to their already woes which according to them should not be entertained.

“We are already unemployed; they (state government employees) don’t care for us. They are demanding lion’s share for themselves and nothing for educated unemployed ones,” Jibran Ali, who recently did post graduation from Kashmir University told a local news agency, GNS.

“These employees demand pay hike, increase in retirement age and service inclusion to ReTs. I guess these people wish to continue to remain on chair which they hold, for the whole life,” Jibran added.

Another educated unemployed youth Aquib Mushtaq said the employees should only demand what they deserve and should not grab hold of everything they want. “Politics apart, do they (employees) really deserve what they are demanding in this employment starved state? Youth need to ponder upon and judge if these unions and associations of employees create hurdles for new generation who are already frustrated,” he said.

The unemployed degree holders also perceive service inclusion to Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers another hindrance to their future. “This is another headache which, if acknowledged, is threat to jobless degree holders like PhDs and M Phil students. These ReTs who have just 12th pass fake certificates serve the “builder of nation” and am sure it would soon turn “bulldozer” of our future generation,” Mudasir Lone, a PhD scholar told GNS.

“What is going on here in Kashmir? Does anyone care about the unemployed educated youth? I’m going to file a PIL in High Court against the employees’ unjust demands. Whoever wants to come can accompany me as I need 100 partners and not 1000 students for the struggle,” Mudasir added.

Pertinently, the retirement age row evoked strong debate in legislative assembly last week with Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather informing the House that except increasing the retirement age, government has implemented all the demands of employees.

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